Partnerships Manager (Sales) – Full Time, Remote

ABOUT US

CollegeSpring is a nonprofit organization that equips schools and teachers with the tools to help students confidently prepare for the SAT and ACT. These tests are a critical part of college admissions, and every student deserves a chance to prepare. Yet test prep courses and private tutoring are often costly or hard to access. Our programs reduce this inequity by bringing high quality test preparation into schools. We build Test Confidence™ by training, supporting, and providing ongoing coaching to teachers at our partner schools to deliver the CollegeSpring curriculum to their students. Since 2008, CollegeSpring has helped provide school-day test prep to over 40,000 students across the country.

ABOUT THIS ROLE

The Partnerships Manager’s primary responsibility is to bring CollegeSpring’s programs to districts, schools, and nonprofits in your assigned territory. You excel at cultivating and developing relationships with new partners, and collaborate effectively with others in a matrixed organization. You are a team player, and are driven by ambitious, measurable goals. You are strategic and creative, and love to solve problems. You have a strong attention to detail, are proactive with communication, and thrive when managing multiple sales opportunities at once. 

This is a direct contributor role with an opportunity to make a real and lasting impact. You will open doors for students while being recognized and rewarded for your contribution. 

This role reports to the Head of Partnerships and is a fully remote position that can be done anywhere in the U.S. 

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Generate new partnerships with schools and districts to help drive CollegeSpring’s expansion into new markets

  • Prospect and close new partnerships with districts, schools, and local nonprofits 
  • Exceed monthly, quarterly, and annual sales quota
  • Actively build and manage your sales pipeline, and document activity through real-time use of CRM (Salesforce)
  • Generate new leads through outbound outreach, and conduct 20+ virtual meetings monthly with school and district leaders
  • Secure and expand new pilot programs
  • Creatively work with school and district leaders to match their needs to CollegeSpring solutions
  • Present recommended solutions and generate associated proposals , contracts, and RFP responses

Build relationships that lead to positive partner outcomes

For context, the Partnerships team works with our two programmatic teams (Programs and Impact and Partner Success, who design and implement our programs.)

  • Create a large portfolio of new clients, and develop relationships where CollegeSpring is seen as a trusted thought partner, and not just a service provider.
  • Collaborate with the Partner Success Team for seamless handoffs and pilot expansions.
  • Work closely with the Head of Partnerships to support strategic initiatives, new opportunities, and ongoing projects.
  • Communicate with the Programs and Impact team on joint priorities, including data analysis and training.

HOW YOU’LL DO IT

    • Mission and Values-driven: You hold a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of teachers, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels. You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily.
    • Communication: Adept and creative in all forms of communication and able to apply the right communication mode and style to the situation. Leverage emotional intelligence and knowledge of people to tailor communication to audiences, both internally and externally, at varying levels of seniority. Strong awareness and command of non-verbal communication and self-presentation. Strong listening skills.
    • Relationship Building: Able to anticipate the needs of people and proactively act. Ability to respond to stakeholders in an empathetic and compassionate way that values the relationship. Build strong external relationships. Ability to empathize and see others’ perspectives. You are able to be a true thought partner to stakeholders and add value to relationships.
    • Project Management: Takes initiative to move forward on projects; proactively seeks guidance rather than waiting for direction. Ability to tackle large complex projects by breaking them down into project plans and managing diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders to achieve timely success. Ability to manage up.  In a relationship-based sales context, you identify priorities, brainstorm possible paths, dig into the data, and chart a path forward. 
    • Data Analysis & Management: Ability to interpret numbers, reports, data and trends and use that to inform decisions, program improvements and communication. Ability to find trends in data and translate those trends into strategic recommendations. You use quantitative and qualitative data to measure progress to goals, and make adjustments to drive results.
    • Collaboration: Strong respect for different thoughts and opinions when approaching a project. Ability to fill in the gaps and highlight areas that others may have missed. Ability to communicate with different people and teams and manage communication from others – all while committed to a shared outcome. You can negotiate on CollegeSpring’s behalf to ensure impact and program buy-in.
    • Problem Solving: Open to different and new ways of tackling challenges and a willingness to modify one’s preferred way of doing things. Calm under pressure and able to think analytically and logically through stressful situations. Adept at including stakeholders in the problem-solving process. Flexibility and openness to failure and willingness to try multiple solutions. Ability to bring critical thinking and informed assessment to all aspects of work.  Ability to build from the ground up and also make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.

Qualifications and Skills

You’ll be successful in this role if…

  • 2-3+ years of sales experience required. Prior partnership development experience with school districts and public schools preferred. 
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. 
  • You are proficient in the use of a CRM to document actions and plan for sales success (experience with Salesforce preferred).
  • You are a self-starter who can successfully qualify and convert opportunities through a documented sales process.
  • You have excellent prospecting skills. You love the prospecting challenge and can stand out in a crowd.
  • You are innately curious, have strong listening skills, ask meaningful questions to understand partner needs, and individualize your approach across different partners and stakeholders.
  • You are skilled in building a web of relationships within schools, systems, and communities, from systems leaders to teachers, in service of enhancing partnerships at all levels.  
  • You know how to establish trust and build authentic relationships quickly in ways that engage, build advocates and drive action.
  • You navigate bureaucratic environments masterfully, being consistent and persistent while balancing our relationship with stakeholders with the needs of the organization.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills; high level of attention to detail; commitment to ensuring accuracy of data and information.
  • You can seamlessly navigate a matrixed organization, and like a fast-paced, ever-changing environment. 

DETAILS ABOUT THE ROLE

  • Compensation for this role is competitive and in alignment with nonprofit roles in major U.S. markets. We will share the details of compensation for this role in initial conversations. 
  • Compensation includes a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, retirement plan, and paid vacation/sick leave.
  • CollegeSpring is committed to providing flexible working arrangements for parents, caregivers, and all team members, particularly given the ongoing pandemic. 
  • This role is remote and can be done anywhere in the U.S.  
  • We are actively working to build a diverse team; people of color, people from working class backgrounds, LGBTQ folks, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based upon gender, race, national origin, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or gender. We encourage you to review our anti-racism stance.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please click on this link. The position will remain open until filled.